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What are the best 80s TV shows?

Have you ever noticed that the most-watched shows these days, like Stranger Things, are set in the '80s? And for this one, we gotta give it to Matt and Ross Duffer for bringing back the nostalgic pop culture that once captivated audiences in the 1980s. Of course, TV shows would be incomplete without those big hairs and bigger shoulder pads, since 'the bigger, the better' had always been the mantra of the era. For sure, only true Gen-Xers would remember! But yeah, before actually delving into the list of the best 80s TV shows, it is important to give credits to Netflix to resurrecting and bringing back the retro vibes in this day and age. Yet, nothing beats the shows which are not only set in the 80s but are actually shoot in that era.

Cliffhanger after cliffhanger, retro shows had everyone hooked on them. And perhaps, it was one of the most defining characteristics of an 80s show. So whether the wedding day of Charles and Princess Diana tickles your fancy or some sitcom that revolves around families, like The Golden Girls, here's a simple treat for you. Our Gen X community (with some help from our millennial friends), submitted a curated list of the best 80s TV shows. Watch them here and don't forget to upvote for your favorite ones. Let us also know if we are missing shows that deserve to be included in the list!

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  1. 1The Wonder Years

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    The Wonder Years is a TV show created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. With 115 episodes, The Wonder Years ran for six seasons and features Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills and more in the lead roles.

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  1. 2The Golden Girls

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    The Golden Girls is a sitcom tv show by creator Susan Harris. Released in 1985 on NBC, The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons and features Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty in the lead roles.
  2. 3Family Ties

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    Family Ties is a sitcom created by Gary David Goldberg. Its first episode premiered on September 22, 1982. Family Ties ran for seven seasons and stars Michael J. Fox among others.

  1. 4Hill Street Blues

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    Hill Street Blues is the TV cop show that gave television viewers a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station. It has 26 Emmy wins and 98 Emmy nominations.

  2. 5Punky Brewster

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    Punky Brewster is a sitcom created by David W. Duclon. Running for four seasons, Punky Brewster ended after 88 episodes and starred Soleil Moon Fry and George Gaynes in the lead roles.

  3. 6Moonlighting

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    Moonlighting is a TV show created by Glenn Gordon Caron. Aired on the TV network ABC, Moonlighting ran for five seasons for a total of 66 episodes. It stars Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, and more.

  4. 7Cagney & Lacey

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    Cagney & Lacey is a TV show created by Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday. Running from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988 on CBS, Cagney & Lacey ended after seven seasons. It starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly.

  5. 8St. Elsewhere

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    St. Elsewhere is a drama TV show by Joshua Brand and John Falsey. Released in 1982 on NBC, St. Elsewhere ran for six seasons and features Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels in the leading roles.

  6. 9Cheers

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    Cheers is a multiple Emmy Award-winning American situational television series that follows a bunch of Boston bar fellows who share their experiences in front of familiar people. The series ran from 1982 to 1993.

  7. 10M*A*S*H

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    M*A*S*H is a 1972 American comedy-drama television series aired on CBS based on the novel of Richard Hooker about an Army hospital during the Korean War. It won 14 Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award which became the highest-rated shows in America. 

  8. 11The A-Team

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    The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that aired on NBC from 1983 to 1987 with five seasons. It was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell which has a film remake in 2010 of the same title.

  9. 12Newhart

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    Set in Vermont, married couple Dick and Joana Loudon run an inn after just having moved from the Big Apple. The two encounter rural people with quirky personalities daily. The show first aired in 1982 and accumulated a total of 8 seasons.

  10. 13Saturday Night Live

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    Saturday Night Live is a late-night comedy show on NBC. Since its inception in 1975, SNL has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. The program has won 53 Emmy Awards. 

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    Anonymous
    May 16, 2018
    "I love the 80s in a lot of ways; much of the music, movies, and TV sitcoms were a lot better than the ones available today! One of the best 80s TV shows has to be The Golden Girls. Betty White is a national treasure. Anyone who says 80s TV shows are too cheesy is missing the point. The humor that ran through all seven seasons of The Golden Girls still holds up to this day. This DVD set would be a great addition to any collection."
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    Anonymous
    May 23, 2018
    "This is a great series to watch alone, or as a family. They talk about a lot of issues that are still relevant today and it can be an incredibly touching show. The cast does a great job of working together and having a funny show that still is very authentic and true to life."
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    Family Ties
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    Anonymous
    May 25, 2018
    "Cagney & Lacey is one of the shows from my favorite era of television, the 1980's. The show also takes place in one of my favorite cities, New York. I think Cagney & Lacey is a fine addition to any television lovers, especially fans of the 1980's."
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    Cagney & Lacey
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    Anonymous
    May 20, 2018
    "The Wonder Years was a great TV show in its time. While it hasn't aged particularly well, it's still really enjoyable to watch. Prime candidate for one of the best shows of the 80s."
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    The Wonder Years
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    Anonymous
    May 25, 2018
    "If you were a kid in the 80s then you watched punky brewster! She was a lovable little imp and her acting definitely made it one of the best tv shows to watch at the time."
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    Punky Brewster
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    Anonymous
    May 15, 2018
    "This classic television show is about police and their daily lives. It follows detectives and officers in an urban police station."
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    Hill Street Blues
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "I've watched the entire first season of Moonlighting. Tremendous show. I can't wait to watch season 2 and beyond."
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    Moonlighting
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    Anonymous
    May 22, 2018
    "Wow. This is such an interesting TV show! I love the cast and the series is just so fun to watch!"
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    St. Elsewhere
This list is about What are the best 80s TV shows
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The Wonder YearsTV Shows 10 Paid
2The Golden GirlsTV Shows 8 Paid
3Family TiesTV Shows 7 Paid
4Hill Street BluesTV Shows 5 Paid
5Punky BrewsterTV Shows 5 Paid
6MoonlightingTV Shows 4 Paid
7Cagney & LaceyTV Shows 3 Paid
8St. ElsewhereTV Shows 1 Paid
9CheersTV Shows 0 Paid
10M*A*S*HTV Shows 0 Paid
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